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When team Hoyt crossed the finish at this year's Boston Marathon, it was the end of an era and part of one of the greatest stories of love of our time.
Dick Hoyt and his son Rick have become a fixture at one of the world's favorite road races, having competed for the last 32 years. What makes this accomplishment even more astounding is the way they run the race, Dick pushing his son Rick in a specialized racing wheelchair.
Rick Hoyt was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth after his umbilical cord became twisted around his neck, which caused the blockage of oxygen flow. As a result, his brain cannot send the correct messages to his muscles.
The Boston Globe reports, the Hoyt's ignored the advice of doctors who said Rick’s situation was hopeless, and instead fought to get their son access to all kinds of activities. When he was 15, Rick asked his 36-year-old father to push him in a 5-mile fundraising road race for a local lacrosse player recently paralyzed. As Rick told his father after their first run, “When I’m running I don’t feel handicapped.’’ What else could Dick do? He kept running.